Apple Cheesecake Shortbread Cookies

Apple Cheesecake Shortbread Cookies — the fantastic flavors of apple cheesecake in an easy to make slice and bake shortbread cookie!

Apple Cheesecake Shortbread Cookies |

I’m so excited to be participating in Rachel of Baked By Rachel‘s month-long apple party again this year. Last year I brought apple crisp granola — wonderful granola with all the flavors of one of my favorite fall time desserts. It’s like eating dessert for breakfast. Or if you put it on top of ice cream…it’s like eating dessert..for dessert. Or breakfast. I won’t judge.

This year I brought cookies. Who doesn’t love cookies? These apple cheesecake shortbread cookies are unique, flavorful and full of the flavors of fall. The best part of these are the apple pieces scattered throughout and the crunchy walnuts around the edges.



Apple Cheesecake Shortbread Cookies

Apple Cheesecake Shortbread Cookies — the fantastic flavors of apple cheesecake in an easy to make slice and bake shortbread cookie!

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1/2 cup very finely chopped walnuts


  1. Whisk flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla and cream on medium speed with the paddle attachment until pale and fluffy, or about 2 minutes.
  2. With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients until just combined. Add in dried apples and mix only until combined.
  3. On a sheet of parchment paper, shape the dough into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap up in parchment paper and freeze until firm, or at least one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove dough from freezer and roll in chopped walnuts. Slice into 1/4 inch slices (roll the outside in walnuts again after slicing if necessary) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown around edges, or about 16-18 minutes. Cool for 2-3 minutes on trays before removing from trays and putting on a wire rack to cool completely.  
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Verdict: What’s not to love about these fun cookies?
Husband’s take: No complaints!
Changes I would make: None necessary!
Difficulty: Easy

You can get the apple shortbread cookie recipe on Rachel’s site too!

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  1. I love these photos and whatever you’re using as a set up, really makes the cookies pop! I’ll have to check out that granola too, looking for a new one to try.

  2. What a fantastic way to switch up shortbread cookies. I am so happy apple season is finally here!

  3. Yummmmm diggity! I love apple season!

  4. Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe at the party, Rachel! Seriously love everything about these cookies :)

  5. These look absolutely wonderful. Love the concept of eating apple cheesecake in a shortbread cookie, yum! Heading over for the recipe now! xx

  6. Is there anything better than buttery shortbread? I didn’t think so, but when you add apples and cream cheese that’s pretty much pure genius!

  7. What pretty cookies! They must taste absolutely divine. I love the idea combining apple and cheese :)

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